Strange as it may sound but a 27-year-old man from India wants to sue his parents for giving birth to him without his consent. Weird? Sure is.
Raphael Samuel, a self-proclaimed anti-natalist, shared a video on YouTube explaining why he wants to sue his parents.
The Mumbai business executive told BBC that he’s been obsessed since he was a small child with the question of why his parents were entitled to create him without his consent. Because it’s not possible to ask children for consent before they are created, he argued that it’s wrong to have them at all.
Samuel says he remembers first having anti-natalist thoughts when he was five.
“I was a normal kid. One day I was very frustrated and I didn’t want to go to school but my parents kept asking me to go. So I asked them: ‘Why did you have me?’ And my dad had no answer. I think if he’d been able to answer, maybe I wouldn’t have thought this way.”
As the idea grew and took shape in his mind, he decided to tell his parents about it. He reportedly said his mum reacted “very well” and dad too “is warming up” to the idea.
Samuel’s suit looks unlikely to get traction anywhere in India’s courts. The BBC reports that he’s been unable to find a lawyer to take his case.
Interestingly, both his parents are lawyers.
Meanwhile, his mother, Kavita Karnad Samuel, released a statement regarding “the recent upheaval my son has created”.
“I must admire my son’s temerity to want to take his parents to court knowing both of us are lawyers. And if Raphael could come up with a rational explanation as to how we could have sought his consent to be born, I will accept my fault,” she said.